Jesse Haworth

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Dates: 
1835-1920

British manufacturer; he was born in Bolton, Lancashire, 4 Aug. 1835, son of Smalshaw H., a manager in the textile industry, and Mary Anne Jones; his interest in Egyptian archaeology was awakened by a tour in Egypt about 1880, and he became acquainted with Amelia Edwards who stimulated his interest; in 1887 he provided funds for Petrie to excavate and continued to do so for many years; he also supported the Egypt Exploration Fund; in 1912 he gave a large donation to be used for the extension of Manchester Museum, and presented to it all the antiquities he had received from Petrie’s excavations; he made a further gift of £10,000 to the Museum in 1919, and £30,000 under his will; he was also a generous donor to the British Museum, Ashmolean, and other museums; Hon. LLD Manchester, 1913; he was first president of the Manchester Egyptian and Oriental Society; he died in Bowdon, 23 Oct. 1920.